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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pretrial prisoner release plans seem to be working

Franklin County could become the next Missouri county to adopt a pretrial prisoner release plan, which would ease crowding conditions at the county jail in Union.

 

DAVID ROSMAN: Ferguson conversation needs to move on — to education, economics, race and trust

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislature can raise fuel tax with a public vote

Using 1 percent of previous state revenue as a cap, the legislature can collect an additional $84 million or so in fuel taxes next year, writes Joseph Miller, a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hungry children live and starve close to home

While the logic of not wasting food might escape many 5-year-olds, the worry about wasted food is a real one. Food currently comprises 20 percent of what we put into landfills.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State workers need a raise before lawmakers do

The case against the pay increases rests on two arguments — one based on comparative fairness, the other on the principle of public service.

 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Thankful for transparency in Missouri

Missouri is doing OK in regard to the government data it provides citizens. The Missouri Accountability Portal, began in 2009, helps keep citizens informed about how money is being spent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Race. Let's start talking about it

More than a century after Emancipation, progress has occurred grudgingly, mostly because of courts, federal intervention and activists who wouldn't go away. What didn't happen was economic equality.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: America needs solid new defense secretary

America needs better from its leaders as the Obama administration looks for its fourth Defense secretary in six years. There is too much danger in the world.

 

DEAR READER: Book stores can be home-away-from-home place

This year's Show Me the Errors contest will offer a book about bookstores rather than the usual about grammar and editing. "My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, And Shop" is a collection of essays about bookstores and why they are beloved.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New outbreak of Ebola in Mali must be contained

The dangers in Mali caused leaders in the United Nations and the World Health Organization last week to temper their earlier optimism that worst-case outcomes might be avoided if 70 percent of the dead could be buried safely and 70 percent of the sick treated by Dec. 1.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Retail workers should get to enjoy Thanksgiving, not be forced to work it

Our capitalist craze to get the best deals has spawned a new shopping holiday: Grey Thursday. Or, as it's more commonly known, Thanksgiving Day. People choosing to go shopping on a national holiday is one thing. Retail employees being forced to work it is another.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson paid a high price for mistakes by governor, prosecutor

 

There are many brave and decent people in Ferguson and elsewhere who still want to turn the horrors of Brown’s death into something good and lasting. But it has not happened yet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Laws needed to prevent suicide among veterans

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Dust has settled after immigration order, now let's solidify it

It's important for the nation to focus on the opportunities that Obama's executive action makes available, opportunities for those immediately affected and for the nation at large.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A bill in Congress would finally give artists a percentage of sales

In one famous incident recounted by NPR, the artist Robert Rauschenberg confronted the collector Robert Scull, who had just sold for $85,000 a work that the artist had sold to him for $900.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why CEOs earn salaries bigger than company taxes

Last year, 29 of the 100 highest-paid CEOs made more in personal compensation than their companies paid in federal income taxes.

DAVID ROSMAN: A reasonable, humane approach to illegal immigration

On this Thanksgiving week, some of those who have come to this country undocumented, in many cases unwillingly as children, are being given a chance to live the American dream without the immediate threat of deportation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The grand jury said no. St. Louis must make the most of it.

Confirmation bias is a big problem for democracy. We owe it to each other and to society to keep an open mind, to seek out facts instead of relying on our beliefs. But this doesn’t play so well on Twitter and Facebook. They don’t call them “followers” for nothing.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Real steps toward new Fulton State Hospital are encouraging

Building a new state psychiatric hospital is necessary both for treatment of patients and the safety of staff.  Advances in society continue to reveal the benefits of diagnosing, understanding and treating mental health issues.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: No legal status granted to immigrants, just work permits

Despite outcry from the right, Obama's executive action protecting some undocumented immigrations is reflective of presidents before him. Since the mid-1950s, every president has issued executive orders granting immigration relief, including Republicans. 

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